Friends: Season 5, Episode 20

The One with the Ride Along (29 Apr. 1999)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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The guys go on a ride along with Gary. Rachel accidentally deletes a message from Emily on Ross's answering machine.



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Episode cast overview:
Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Emily Waltham (voice)


When Phoebe tells the friends Gary took her along in a police patrol car, the boys insist to make a ride with him too- and get it that very night. Monica decides that's a perfect opportunity to catalog the photos most methodically, but one touch by Rachel undoes all her work; for comfort she sends Rachel to Ross's place for margarita ingredients, so she overhears there Emily on the machine express doubt whether she and Ross were right to call of their marriage. Rachel is reluctant to erase the message as Monica insists, but accidentally pushes that button. She decides to wait for Ross and let him decide, but seeing he intends to call Emily she stops him. Leave it to Joey to focus on 'the best sandwich in the world' he picks up on the way and isn't allowed to eat in the patrol car as it drips. When the boys confuse a car exhaust with a gun shot, Joey dives in front of Ross, so Gary calls him heroic police-material. Chandler is vexed, believing Joey cares more for Ross, but learns the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance


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29 April 1999 (USA)  »

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The Magna-Doodle depicts an annoyed face after Joey seemingly protected Ross over Chandler. See more »


When Rachel and Ross are talking near the end of the episode, the bottle of glue on the table behind them is standing up, then is on its side, then is standing up again. See more »


Phoebe Buffay: When the revolution comes, I will have to destroy you all
[gets up to leave coffee house, looks back]
Phoebe Buffay: Except you Joey.
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


Performed by Quincy Jones
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The One with the Ride Along
15 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The story with the sandwich is pretty silly. But it has good moments as well. Like when Joey gets all upset when Chandler inhales the air around the sandwich and Chandler exhales it. Or when he gives Chandler a bite from his sandwich as a sign of being good friends

I liked Rachel in this episode. Doing the right thing and being a total contrast to the selfish, controlling Monica.

The star of the episode is Ross, no questions about that. Him in the car with Gary saying that he is more cop than others because he seats in the front and is more like Gary's "partner" was great. And also how he ended up at the back seat. But the best of course was his "surving", the message to himself and how he now wanted to live his life to the fullest. he made me laugh all the time

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